The Way Things Were
By Anne Weaver

ABOUT THE WEEK OF OCT. 16, 1964, Superintendent J. Burch McMoran of the NYS Department of Public Works addressed the annual meeting of the Adirondack Park Association at Whiteface Inn, Lake Placid. McMoran said in part, "My report is concerned with our work in 12 counties which are in or adjoining the Adirondack State Park.

"These are the counties of Clinton, Essex, Franklin, Hamilton, Herkimer, Jefferson, Lewis, Fulton, Saratoga, St. Lawrence, Warren and Washington. These counties only represent 4 percent of the permanent population of New York state, yet experience shows population is but one criterion of an area's importance.

"Within this region lie vast natural resources such as minerals, timber and power, plus one of the world's great recreation grounds, with almost countless attractions of woods, water and game. Much of it is set aside for succeeding generations to visit and revisit, to enjoy and come to love.

"These are just some of the factors that justify it having more than 20 percent of New York's highway mileage, some 2,900 of the almost 14,000 miles of mainline roadway in the state system. To improve and add to this system in these 12 counties alone, we are in the midst of a highway program amounting to slightly more than one-third of a billion dollars.

"Highway work completed since 1959 totals $152 million, more than in any other corresponding period in our history. In addition we have approximately $69 million more in highway improvements underway in these dozen counties and another $114 million now being advanced for letting in the next few years.

"Other projects in the planning are resurfacing 16 more miles of Route 30 between Speculator and Indian Lake, as well as 15 miles between Sixth Lake and Blue Mountain Lake. These improvements will continue recent and current modernizations of the two routes in these areas.

"We also plan to completely rebuild and relocate the eight miles of Route 28 between Woodgate and McKeever, another important gateway to the Adirondack Park."

The Comets opened the 11th Eastern Hockey League season in the Utica Auditorium against the Nashville Flyers. At the Clinton arena, the Jacksonville Rockets, newest entry to the league, appeared. The defending champion Comets would be starting a 72 game schedule with 20 night games at Clinton and 16 night games in Utica Auditorium.

Pursuant to recently passed legislation, the species designated could be taken by anglers at any time and by tip-ups from Nov. 15 through April 30 in these lakes: Algonquin, trout; Eaton, trout, lake trout; Lake Pleasant, rainbow trout; and 7th Lake, trout, lake trout and landlocked salmon. This was a trial and it was hoped anglers reported on their success, especially a tagged trout or trout with one or more fins missing.

The Munson Proctor Institute Museum of Art, Utica, announced a new program of lecture tours for school groups and other organizations within 100 miles of Utica. The tours were to allow the groups to study the various style movements and the Institute's collection.

Each year new lands are opened to give sportsmen additional terrain for hunting and fishing. The Nicks Lake section, just two miles from Old Forge, would be open for hunting for the 1964 season. However, the immediate area of construction for the new state campsite on the lake would be posted with "No Hunting" signs to protect the workmen engaged on the project. Camping on the northeast side of the lake would be allowed, but camping permits had to be obtained from the forest ranger.

The Nelson Lake region had been extended to meet Route 28. Traveling north after crossing the bridge at McKeever everything on the south side of the highway would be open for hunting, fishing and camping for about a three-mile stretch to the line of Singing Water Campgrounds.

Hunting and camping would be permitted at Cascade Lake, located between Eagle Bay and Big Moose. A caretaker would be on duty during hunting season, but a camping permit had to be obtained from the forest ranger.

Raymond Billick, a student at Utica College, using a 65-pound bow, bagged a 350-pound bear near Inlet, the second day of the special bear season.

At INLET, the annual Halloween party and parade (at the Community Hall) was to be held Oct. 30. Committee chairmen were: games, Mrs. William Burwell; Decorations, Mrs. Kenneth Dodd; Refreshments, Mrs. Richard Payne; Music, Mrs. Hollis Ross; and Prizes, Miss Nancy Dunay and Mrs. Willard Payne.

The traditional busy Columbus Day Weekend was rained out or frozen out, whichever way one wanted to look at it, but it was "out" as far as brisk business in the Central Adirondacks was concerned and the adverse weather was at fault.

The weekend is usually one of the busiest of the year due to Columbus Day being a state holiday and also the Canadian Thanksgiving Day. It is the traditional time for tourists to view the colorful foliage here in the mountains, but in 1964 the weather was bad and the foliage was mostly on the ground, the peak of the colorful season having past by some two weeks.

With temperatures as low as 25 degrees and below freezing every night for a week, Saturday found conditions even worse on the local scene: snow flurries filled the air throughout the morning hours and by noon a miniature blizzard blanked out what little scenery was left.